Appreciate all your suggestions; its really helpful to see comments from various angles; really helps, so thanks to all.CQF, CMM may be quicker but it seems to be more suited for someone already in IB. It sounds like the best/quickest way seems to be get into IB as developer and move from there but even thats not guaranteed at this present climate.Meanwhile, Im thinking of creating a platform by doing a degree in Maths; this is going to help anyway, I feel, whether I get into a developer role in IB and later move into quant analysis or planning to do a MSc or PhD or CQF. If nothing works out, it may even help for a career change if thats the case. At the moment, I have only one option for taking the degree while Im working- Open University -because Im not aware of any other quality distance learning degree. - If you know other similar distance learning degree of better quality, can you please let me know.- I would like to hear the experience of the guys if any who landed as quant analyst late(mid 30s, 40s etc) in their life; even if a friend of yours has similar story, it'll be interesting to listen to. - Also from people who moved into quant analysis from being a developer in IBI just want to be positive like most of the guys here are because thats what drives me.Keep posting..